Skip to content Skip to navigation

Veteran labor activist Li Wangyang sentenced

September 20, 2001

Li Wangyang, veteran labor rights activist from Hunan Province, was sentenced to ten years in prison for "incitement to subvert state power" in the People's Intermediate Court of Shaoyang on September 20. Li was charged with the crime after his case attracted international media attention and he established contacts with foreign organizations.

The heavy sentence comes two weeks after Li's conviction on September 5, and at a time when international attention is least likely to be focused on individual cases in China. Li's sister, Li Wanglin has already been sentenced to three years of "reeducation through labor" (laojiao) for the same offense.

Li was taken from Daxiang Hospital in Hunan Province on May 6th where he was receiving treatment for numerous health conditions he developed while serving a 11-year prison term for counterrevolutionary crimes,following the 1989 demonstrations. Both Li and his sister were detained after Li made repeated appeals to the government to pay for medical treatment for the lung, heart, and respiratory ailments he suffers from.

Li Wangyang is one of the earliest advocates and fighters for independent labor unions in China. He founded the Shaoyang Autonomous Workers Union during the 1989 democracy demonstrations.

Explore Topics

Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention Arbitrary Detention Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue
Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship Children Chinese Law
Circumvention technology Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists Citizen Participation Civil Society Communist Party Of China
Consumer Safety Corruption Counterterrorism Courageous Voices Cultural Revolution Culture Matters
Current and Political Events Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents
Education Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China Family Planning
Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion Government Accountability
Government regulation Government transparency Heilongjiang Lawyers’ Detention Historical Anecdotes Hong Kong House Arrest
Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights updates Ideological Contest Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power
Information Control  Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights International Relations
International Window Internet Internet Governance Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping
Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System
Legal World Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC)
New Citizens Movement Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics Online Activism Open Government Information Personal Story
Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Propaganda
Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor Rights Defenders
Rights Defense Rule Of Law Special Topic State compensation State Secrets State Security
Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Technology Thoughts/Theories Tiananmen Mothers Tibet
Torture Typical cases United Nations Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women
Youth Youth Perspective